Devotions based on James Smith’s book, The Good and Beautiful Community

We often are shaped by the narratives of this world rather than His kingdom. The world is concerned with self-preservation, personal happiness, and making sure our needs are met. Even churches can be more concerned about their own success and image than focusing on serving and the well-being of others. The good and beautiful community of Jesus finds its life and power in Him, who is our teacher, source and strength. He lived for the good of others and was moved by love. He told his disciples in John 15:13 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  He truly lived for others and we are to do the same, and to shift our focus away from ourselves onto others.

But we need balance when it comes to serving others and taking care of ourselves. We can better serve others when we are rested and grounded and not exhausted and burned out .  Let us listen to the Spirit so we have balance.